The modern association is lean and agile, focuses on its core strategy, and relies on innovative association management software. Multi-functional association management software is the foundation of staff productivity, empowering membership organizations to optimize operations and scale ef?ciently,

Best practice is our only product practice

Nimble AMS

One of the core product principles at Nimble AMS is “Best practice is our only practice.”. Looking to the leader: Partnering for product innovation. The Nimble AMS product team mirrors Salesforce’s ideal product upgrade model. Enter the Nimble AMS product team.


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Innovate the Lean Way

Spark Consulting

Lean startup methodology (as opposed to lean six-sigma) has taken the business world by storm in the last several years, with businesses of all sizes and life stages experiencing success following its principles of building the minimum viable product, measuring what happens, and learning whether to proceed, stop, or pivot. Join us to learn how you can apply this technique in your own organization to eliminate waste, validate your learning, and innovate faster and more successfully.

Why associations should drive innovation

Association Success

Associations connect mentors with mentees, offer professional development and continuing education courses, write rules and regulations for their industries, and innovate every chance they have. But what does it mean to truly innovate? Innovation is change.

How innovative technology adds brand value to your association

Nimble AMS

Why innovative technology is vital to creating brand value. Making the jump to an innovative association management software (AMS) is crucial to building brand value at your organization.

How to successfully recruit and retain staff with innovative technology

Nimble AMS

When you adopt innovative technology at your association, you have the power to increase worker engagement, productivity, and collaboration. Ask yourself, how can innovative technology streamline staff processes, ultimately transforming the member experience? .

4 Steps to Inspire Innovation in Your Association


“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Many people believe innovation is all about inventing and releasing new products. Innovation is so much more than just revamping products or services. Association Executives Innovation Member BenefitsThose who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change. That is inevitable.” – William Pollard.

Sparking Innovation in the Hybrid Workplace


Let’s dispel an innovation myth. Here’s one: innovation suffers if you can’t get everyone together in the office. The perception that innovation only happens when people are in the same room (i.e., Production blocking” can prevent the best ideas from being heard.

Innovative Planning at The Global Pet Expo Creates Greater Productivity for Attendees

Associations Now

Andrew Darmohraj, EVP and COO of the American Pet Products Association, shares his strategy for delighting attendees in Orlando. To create innovative and interactive meetings, planners around the nation are raising the bar on productivity and capitalizing on attendee experience.

Innovation and Communication Cited as Priorities for Associations


The results showed trends in a number of interesting topics impacting today’s associations including: -New services and innovations. The post Innovation and Communication Cited as Priorities for Associations appeared first on GrowthZone.

6 building blocks to an innovative culture

Association Success

For association professionals and organizational leaders, innovation should always be top of mind. But in order to accomplish meaningful change, your organization has to have the right foundation to support the experimentation and expectations true innovation brings.

Innovation for Association Executives

Association Navigator

I’m thinking about innovation in the context of managing associations and non-profit enterprises. Innovation is a corporate buzz word, but it’s also a fundamental element in any successful and growing organization. This summer I discovered a book about innovation strategy for corporate product launches and I can’t stop thinking about applying these concepts to associations. The concept involved is using a “wide lens” when preparing a product or service innovation.

Funding Industry Innovation

Potomac Core

Associations who are Funding Industry Innovation can position themselves as essential partners in helping members achieve business outcomes. Once an organization reaches this point they move to what’s becoming a new trend where Associations are funding Industry Innovation. Marching To Innovation . In several cases nontraditional associations have already partnered with their boards to begin their march toward innovation. Funding Industry Innovation.

Data Fuels Active Innovation

Potomac Core

In essence, economic data fuels active innovation at Associations. What is clear is that ongoing listening and economic data fuels active innovation at Associations. Data Driven Active Innovation. Economic data is a key part of their strategy, they understand member business challenges and active innovation to support their members is in their DNA. Innovative Advocacy Positions Industries. Data Fuels Active Innovation.

Tap Into an Uncommonly Used Reservoir of Energy

Smooth The Path

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Data Driven Innovation

Potomac Core

They also suggest that “America’s strength in technological progress needs to help accelerate productivity.” If member companies introduce more innovation to drive more profitability, is your association positioned to respond with equal or greater amounts of innovative solutions? More importantly, the data can uncover new engagement opportunities that increase your association’s productivity and profitability. Data Driven Innovation.

Are You an Innovator or a Producer?

YourMembership Blog

Add-On Products. Are Innovation and Production at Odds? HBR posted a good article recently about Why Managers Don’t Really Want to Innovate. The article pointed out that most companies are not willing to devote time to innovation because innovative time steals from production time. Since innovation has been a topic of interest to associations and other member-based organizations, we’re wondering if you’ve had the same experience?

Overcoming the Barriers to Association Innovation

Smooth The Path

Innovation is a difficult strategy for any organization past the startup phase to adopt, and associations are no exception. When association executives talk about innovation, we talk about the possibility and how much more we can help members. But, we also talk about how risky change can be, how difficult it is, and how much time and money innovation efforts can use. We want to innovate, but we may be afraid to get started.

5 Tips for Implementing an LMS to Increase Productivity

Higher Logic

It’s vital for industry professionals to stay up-to-date on their learning, whether that’s renewing certifications or diving into the latest innovations in their industries. One of the main functions of an association is facilitating the professional development of your members.

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You May be Doing Innovation: Introducing the Association Innovation Continuum

Smooth The Path

The magnitude of an innovation project doesn’t determine whether the project is innovative or not. Innovation is synonymous with big. So innovation also might be just as well be synonymous with risky, scary and the domain of only a privileged few. The myth around the very word innovation can keep us from moving forward. The study participants, who are from highly innovative associations, told me that innovation is on a continuum from small to big.

What to know about product upgrades in a modern AMS

Nimble AMS

Here are three key things to know about product upgrades with Nimble AMS. Nimble AMS specifically follows Salesforce’s proven methodology of three product releases per year to ensure you can quickly take advantage of new functionality.

Innovation: are you a buggy- or a car-maker?

YourMembership Blog

When horseless buggies (you might know them as cars) first arrived on the US scene in 1893, amidst all of the disbelief, there were a lot of buggy makers who thought these products were absurd and what the general population wanted was just fancier buggies. When it comes to innovation, are you a buggy- or a car-marker? . The post Innovation: are you a buggy- or a car-maker? Innovation associations innovation

Innovative Workforce Solutions

Potomac Core

Associations are increasingly well positioned to help members and industries build innovative workforce solutions through their professional development and certification products. As waves of innovation, millennials, and baby boomer retirements alter future workforce design, forward thinking organizations can transform themselves and become professional development partners for their members. Innovative Workforce Solutions: Call to Action.

“Disrupt” Your Meeting to Improve Attendee Productivity

Associations Now

Karen Malone of HIMSS talks about how she constantly thinks about innovation and disruption, including with her own staff. To create innovative and interactive meetings, planners around the nation are raising the bar on productivity and capitalizing on attendee experience.

Boost Your Innovation Efforts


Someone (chapter leader, staff, volunteer leadership) comes up with a great idea for a new program, product, or service. Submitted by guest blogger Elizabeth Weaver Engel, M.A., CAE, CEO & Chief Strategist, Spark Consulting LLC. Have you ever had this experience? Maybe it was even specifically requested by members. Your team builds it, hopefully on time and on budget. The result has lots of features, works easily and the way it’s supposed to, and looks terrific to boot.

The CEO’s Behavior Dictates how Innovative an Association Will Be

Smooth The Path

I am very American in that I believe in the underdog (or maybe this is less about being American and more about being a product of the 80’s?) As a staff member of an association, I would like to think that if I have a useful and winning innovative idea, I can bring it to market. And then this success could be the jumping off point for the whole association to become innovative. But when it comes to innovation in associations, we are not so egalitarian.

How to Improve Your Innovation Skillset

Membership Marketing

In short, we have had to innovate. The need to innovate has led me to study some of the best practices in building an innovative mindset and culture. First is How Innovation Works by Matt Ridley, which I wrote about here. Networking as an innovator is different.

Innovation Requires Diversity

Idea Architects

The quality of the product is paramount to them. And it begins to make you think differently about coffee, about customer service, about product quality, about timing, and more. It's one of the many core elements of innovation, one Franz Johansson nicely described in his book The Medici Effect. diversity innovation leadershipThere are no coffee refills in France. or at least not like what we are accustomed to in the States.

Your Guide to Innovation at Your Association

Smooth The Path

I have had hour-long conversations with 15 association professionals from innovative associations and these conversations provide the foundation for you to start effective staff (and board) conversations about the innovation efforts at your association. The things that hinder association’s innovation efforts are usually the not-talked-about, unplanned surprises that pop up along the way. Association innovation leaders.

The Results of Management Innovation

Jamie Notter

The Results of Management Innovation. In a recent post I challenged everyone to consider innovating management , rather than just our products, services, or business models. We have come to expect innovation in our world in many areas, yet we are content to come to work and face practices and systems that are fifty or a hundred years old. That implies, of course, that if we actually do management innovation, we will be solving a problem. Want Innovation?

Use the 5-Step Idea Process to Become an Association Innovation Ninja

Smooth The Path

Ideas are the root of all innovations. Because ideas lead to innovation we want more ideas, better ideas, THE idea that will excite members. Many innovative associations use a formal or informal idea process which generally has five steps and goes something like this: Step #1: Allow member’s problems spark innovative ideas. When we solve that problem we have our next new innovative offering. Step #5: Use your new product development process.

How Can You Plan for Innovation?

Association Adviser

The iPhone spent seven years in production by some of the world’s best innovators before it became a product that has changed how we go about our daily routines. It’s the one of the biggest – if not the biggest – innovations of our generation. It’s sometimes hard to remember that this is an innovation that didn’t exist before the early 2000s. Which all goes to show that innovation doesn’t just happen. The post How Can You Plan for Innovation?

Five Lessons for Diving Into Innovation

Idea Architects

In preparing for an u pco ming talk on innovation, I realized so me parallels exist for those div ing into potentially u ncharted waters with their innovation p urs uits. The release or introduction of an innovative program or service is similar, requiring a significant investment of time in the development stage. If we call too much attention to the rollout of a new product or service the splash becomes the story instead of the value of the innovation.

Association-Fusion: Combine Ideas to Create Excitement

Smooth The Path

Sometimes innovation comes in the form of mashups. As your team brainstorms your next product idea, add mashups as a theme to ideate around. What are mashups, you wonder? Mashups combine two different, well-known ideas that create a third and new entity.

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Four Innovation Lessons with Staying Power

Idea Architects

More than 10 years old, the ABC Nightline episode in which the innovation gurus from IDEO redesign the grocery store shopping cart still offers timeless insights about the innovation process. Here are a few I have fo u nd u sef u l in helping gro u ps u nderstand and m ove forward on innovation. This powerful IDEO mantra shared by most innovative organizations exemplifies the deep bias for action. facilitation ideas innovation

Innovation: are you a buggy- or a car-maker?

YourMembership Blog

Categories: Membership Management Tags: associations , innovation When horseless buggies (you might know them as cars) first arrived on the US scene in 1893, amidst all of the disbelief, there were a lot of buggy makers who thought these products were absurd and what the general population wanted was just fancier buggies. The post Innovation: are you a buggy- or a car-maker? Membership Management associations innovation

4 Steps to Inspire Innovation in Your Association


“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Many people believe innovation is all about inventing and releasing new products. Innovation is so much more than just revamping products or services. As a society, we thrive off of innovation. Innovation is especially prominent in for-profit companies. However, innovation is less prevalent in associations. So why are only half of associations innovating?

The CEO’s Guide to Association Innovation

Association Adviser

When I say the word innovation to you, what feelings does this word evoke? In a recent research study association professionals reported that innovation is synonymous with risk, big expectations, large investments, long commitments and failure. To guide our members through the turbulence, we need to change, adapt and innovate more nimbly. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a guide to association innovation? What is the secret sauce for innovation at associations?

Innovation and Optimism Drive Membership Growth

Associations Now

And many associations currently seeing membership growth are tapping into the power of innovation and optimism about the future. This year’s survey found a correlation between associations with an innovation program and consistent year-over-year membership growth. Conversely, those reporting declines in membership are significantly more likely to believe their association culture does not support innovation.”.

COVID-19 Expected to Fuel the Next Wave of Innovation

Associations Now

While the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in loss of life and economic uncertainty, some are pointing to a silver lining: a surge of innovation. “If Each one has altered how we live and function, leading to innovation that facilitates the changes we have made to our lives.”.